With the introduction of the R7 and R9 series Radeon cards, AMD has been making a concerted effort to reclaim the attention of the enthusiast market. Given the dominance Nvidia has had with the Geforce GT 600 series, AMD’s got their work cut out for them. As part of their effort to beat Nvidia in the performance-per-dollar game, they’ve released several new cards across a wide range of price points. The R9 270X, aimed at the $200 price range, is meant to cater to the gamer on a budget. Let’s dive in and see just what AMD and Visiontek have given us, and how it performs.
Do you have a mobile device? Does it have a battery? Do you use your mobile device often? Does it’s battery run dry every now and again? I know that I just asked a huge, overarching question, that could totally apply to everyone, but they were legitimate. I know both from anecdotes and personal experience that depending on usage, time of the year, solar alignment, and your karma, electronic devices can either last for days, or several hours. So to resolve this dilemma I have prepared 3 alternative energy sources. Two of these you have to charge yourself; as for the third, it draws energy from that giant nuclear furnace in the sky. Without further ado, let’s begin the alternative energy trifecta.
With prices continually falling, SSD drives are no longer a luxury for the enthusiast. There is no doubt that SSD drives have significant advantages over their spinning brethren, but pricing aside…capacity continues to be the SSD’s Achilles’ heel. The current defacto solution to this conundrum is to pair your shinny SSD with a large capacity HDD. This pairing allows the user to decide how to handle their data management needs, performance or storage capacity. This works for most PC users, but in cases where design limitations prevent the use of two separate drives, the user is unfortunately forced into decision between one or the other. Will you ever be able to have your cake and eat it too?
Today we are taking a look at the Fractal Design Adjust 108 fan controller. Sporting a sleek brushed aluminum face, 6 channels capable of handling a whopping 36W each, and a low-profile slider design, this little controller is capable of making a big impact on your system.
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MSI’s New Mobile Lineup Includes Industry’s First 3K Gaming Notebook and Adobe Certified 3K WorkstationAnnouncement written by: Jason Jacobs on Dec 5 2013, 11:16 am
MSI’s New Mobile Lineup Includes Industry’s First 3K Gaming Notebook and Adobe Certified 3K Workstation
Mind melting graphics transport gamers to a sharper and brighter dimension
Complete selection of gaming notebooks, workstations and All-in-Ones on display during CES 2014
City of Industry, Calif. – December 5, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, takes gaming into new heights with the industry’s first 3K gaming notebook. Available in time for the holidays, the GT60 2OD-261US displays at a 2880×1620 resolution for sharper, brighter and crisper graphics resulting in an unmatched visual experience.
The GT60 with 3K display is the answer to gamers seeking superb visual immersive-ness on the go. It is armed with an anti-reflective 3K panel powered by the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780M graphics. MSI completes this gaming powerhouse with Killer™ DoubleShot wireless technology, a SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard and Dynaudio Premium Speakers with Subwoofer.
MSI also introduced their newest Adobe® Creative Suite 6, AutoDesk and SolidWorks optimized GT60 workstation with 3K display, the GT60 2OKWS-278US. It shares similar technologies with its gaming counterpart, including the latest Intel® processor, SteelSeries backlit keyboard and Killer™ Doubleshot wireless, but is outfitted with an NVIDIA® Quadro® K3100M GPU and a Blu-ray Disc Burner.
Both the GT60 gaming and GT60 Workstation take advantage of the Matrix Display capability that simultaneously supports up to 3 external displays to create 4 independent displays, transforming it into a multi-tasking desktop replacement. Both notebooks also come with Cooler Boost 2 technology to efficiently lower system temperature and Audio Boost to maximize volume and sound fidelity for your headset.
“Gamers demand the most out of their systems and are constantly trying to attain a more complete experience, starting from system performance to multimedia effects. The GT60 with 3K graphics immerses the portable gamer into a realm never before experienced,” stated Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI Pan America Region. “The 3K graphics in our latest workstation gives professionals an edge by increasing efficiency and productivity.”
The GT60 gaming and GT60 Workstation with 3K displays are currently available for $2,199.99 and $2,799.99 respectively. For more information about the 3K gaming laptop, workstation or the entire line of G series notebooks, please visit http://www.msimobile.com or www.usgaming.msi.com.
GT60 2OD-261US (Gaming)
GT60 2OKWS-278US (Workstation)
Core™ i7-4700MQ (2.4 GHz – 3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost)
Win 8 Multi-language
Windows 7 Professional
15.6″ WQHD+ 3K Display
2880 x 1620 (16:9)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780M
NVIDIA® Quadro® K3100M
Hard Disk Drive
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD (7200RPM)
16GB DDR3L 1600MHz
LAN / Bluetooth
Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
Killer™ N1202 a/b/g/n
Blu-ray Disc Reader
Blu-ray Disc Burner
USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 2
USB 3.0 x 3
USB 2.0 x 1
720P HD Webcam
SteelSeries Full-Color Programmable Backlit Keyboard
Dynaudio Premium Speakers w/ Subwoofer
14.97” (L) x 10.24” (W) x 1.77” (H)
Weight (w battery)
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Dec 5 2013, 10:51 am
How To Choose Private Cloud Hosting Providers
It is usually difficult to determine the best private cloud hosting provider because of the fact that cloud computing is generally not understood properly. To put it as simple as possible, whenever determining what will be best for the business, you need to think about:
- How the cloud hosting will be used
- Why you actually need the cloud hosting service for
- How much operating system control you need for hosting or application development
- Security accreditations
- Encryption options
- Company customer support
At the same time, it is important that the considered private cloud hosting provider has the following features available for customers as you will surely need them:
Cloud Server Development Reliability And Speed
To put it as simple as possible, the cloud server that you choose has to be really fast. The considered platform should have a standard deployment rate of around 60 seconds or less. Make sure that you have some sort of guarantee of maximum load time included in the contract you will sign so that you do not have long loading times in the future.
Zero Data Loss Guarantee
Things can always go wrong with basically any hosting service that you might choose. However, how the private cloud hosting provider handles such situations is something that counts a lot. Whenever opting for a cloud server, you need a guarantee that your data is properly backed up on a constant basis and that no byte of information is lost in the event that technical problems appear.
If you do not see a mention of such a guarantee, get in touch with a sales representative and ask if it exists. If not, focus on a different hosting provider as the security of your data is always highly important. Also, the provider should have some sort of system in place to allow application availability in the event of a server failure. This has to be automatic.
Zero Downtime Live Migrations
In many situations you will want to run a virtual machine from a server to another server. Live migration becomes a necessity in this case and you need to have zero downtime in this case. It is great to see if there is the possibility to schedule and directly manage a live migration. In this way, you can apply the changes when you do not need the cloud hosting apps. As an example, you can do the live migration when office hours are over and your employees no longer use the cloud.
24/7 Customer Support
Sometimes the hosting provider does not have the same working office hours as you do. In this case, if there is no 24/7 customer support offered, you would end up with the problem that you have running for at least one day. More if during the weekend. There is no good regular or cloud hosting provider that does not offer such a customer support feature. If the one that you consider right now does not, you should avoid the services that are offered since there might be problems in the future.
Read Reviews Before You Pay For Cloud Hosting
One of the most underrated research channels that we can use before buying anything on the internet is the user review. Do not make the mistake of not checking such reviews before you agree to a deal. The past client reviews can highlight a lot of inside information about how the considered private cloud hosting company handles customer problems and you can see if the firm is truly professional. If the considered firm is not serious, you will surely learn about it from the reviews written by disgruntled past customers.
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Dec 2 2013, 12:07 pm
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Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Dec 2 2013, 9:37 am
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Dec 2 2013, 9:28 am
MacBook Pro versus MacBook Air
Apple have been voted the world’s coolest brand, but the tech giants are not just about style over substance. Whether you want a music player, a phone or laptop, if it bares the Apple logo you can be certain that your new device will be of a fantastic standard.
While this is great news for consumers it can make choosing difficult, as the advantages of one high-end machine over another may not be immediately clear. When it comes to choosing from the fantastic laptops in the Mac range, deciding between the ultra-light MacBook Air and the sturdier and heavier MacBook Pro can be a tough choice. If you’re the kind of person who relies on their laptop a lot, you’ll want to make sure you bag the right features to suit your needs.
First of all, you should consider where you go with your laptop. Does it accompany you to meetings? Do you take it on public transport? To the library or coffee shop? If you’re ticking yes against all of these and coming up with a dozen more places in your head right now, a MacBook Air may be the smarter choice. Weighing in at about 1kg for an 11 inch model, the Air offers unbeatable carry-friendly construction, compared with the 1.6kg of the 13 inch MacBook Pro model. At 0.68 inches thick you can easily slip the 11 inch Air into your bag and take it wherever you need to be.
If you need to run some seriously advanced programmes when you reach your destination, however, the beefed-up spec sheet of the MacBook Pro may be worth carrying the extra weight. The 15 inch version runs a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor which is backed up by 16GBs of RAM. That means being able to run demanding applications with ease and speed. You’ll get smooth and quick performance when using even the most advanced image and video editing, 3D modelling or music-making applications, even if you’re running more than one at once.
The Air by no means lacks in the performance department, as it will run day-to-day applications fantastically well. However, the screen lags behind its big brother’s impressive display, with the Pro offering 2560 x 1600 super sharp pixels against 1440 x 900 pixels in the same size model of Air (13 inch), which can’t match the Pro for brightness or detail. It’s another tick in the box for the Pro if you’re someone who likes to get creative with their computing and relies on being able to see every detail in their work.
It may well boil down to price, and the super performance of the Pro doesn’t come cheap. The top spec MacBook Pro can cost up to £2,699.00, while the top of the range Air costs £1,449.00. If you’re going on this criterion alone, an Air is a steal for the super-slick aesthetics and excellent general performance of a MacBook. However, if you decide your requirements mean you can’t compromise on performance, the investment in a MacBook Pro will be worth it. Both laptops are fantastic to use and own, but make sure you choose wisely to ensure you get the most from your investment.
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Nov 27 2013, 8:48 am
25 November 2013, New York – The cofounder of the extremely successful smartwatch Omate TrueSmart is now revolutionizing the music world with the first Wifi music system for every phone, speaker and everyone! The futuristic and extremely affordable ROCKI is preparing to change the way people enjoy music at home. Today highlights the official launch of ROCKI on the world’s number one crowd funding website Kickstarter.com.
ROCKI To all speakers Instead of building just another wifi speaker, the ROCKI team has a bigger vision: ROCKI wants to transform every speaker system into a Wifi music system, whether it is old or new. The ROCKI PLAY is a clever little device that plugs into the audio input of any speaker system, and immediately transforms it into a wifi enabled speaker, ready to rock your music wirelessly from every phone.
ROCKI From every phone The smartphone is rapidly becoming the window and remote control to everyones world. The free ROCKI App does just that for your digital music: Search and select any song, control volume and playback and play your music to any ROCKI enabled speakers. The App is available for every smartphone including Android, iOS and an HTML5 edition for Windows Phone, Sailfish, Ubuntu and more. The HTML5 edition also enables PCs running Windows / Mac / Linux to enjoy the ROCKI possibilities via any web browser. Designed for everyone, ROCKI App is built with simplicity in mind. All music will be accessible at a simple touch on the phone and played to all or any of your ROCKI’d speakers anywhere in the home.
ROCKI For everyone Simple and affordable. The ROCKI system will revolutionize your music listening experience at an affordable $49 each. One for every speaker set in your home, one in every room. Simply plug the ROCKI PLAY into your speakers, start your ROCKI App on
your phone and press play.
ROCKI Wifi Most wireless audio solutions work with Bluetooth, a technology designed to exchange data over short distances, not for high quality music enjoyment. That’s why ROCKI uses wifi, a commonly available technology that utilizes radio waves for wireless connections. The same radio waves your parents used to listen to good old radio! Wifi enables ROCKI to transmit the highest quality audio, including lossless formats like FLAC, at a greater distance. Walls are no limitation and ROCKI supports multiple users playing music to multiple speakers in many rooms at the same time.
ROCKI Supports existing protocols The ROCKI system supports UPnP for ROCKI to easily integrate into an existing wifi music network. Most of these setups however lack the plug & play simplicity that make it accessible to everyone. The proprietary ROCKI API adds a layer that’s designed with userfriendly multiroom music in mind. Catering for both the superuser and the regular consumer, ROCKI achieves the best of both worlds ROCKI for everyone!
ROCKI Frees your music! With the rise of streaming services, The Internet has enabled a new type of listening experience that’s now massively embraced by many music lovers. Unfortunately speaker system haven’t kept the same pace: There is a disconnection. People are left to listen to music on their phones with headphones, fixing their phones to their stereos with cables and other annoying difficulties, simply to get your music on your speakers. ROCKI bridges that disconnect and frees all your music allowing it to jump out of your phones into all speakers everywhere in your home. Music deserves its space Free your music!
“We’ve started the ROCKI design and development since February this year, focusing our expertise and efforts on simplicity. A threecontinent collaboration between key members in USA (New York), Europe (The Netherlands), and China (Shenzhen) with the cream of the crop in music and technology business. A truly global team with team members of 11 nationalities USA, Canada, The Netherlands, UK, France, Portugal, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.”
“With our extensive experience and global view of the music and streaming landscape, we’ve seen other wifi speakers, but we’ve never found one system that is: Simple, affordable, works with all speakers, all smartphones. And then we injected a dose of ROCKI passion, because music is passion. Come join us, free your music” says Nick NM Yap, CEO & Founder ROCKI.
Help kickstart ROCKI, support ROCKI on Kickstarter for only $49 for each ROCKI PLAY.
ROCKI ships to Kickstarter Backers in two batches in December and January. Developers are invited to maximise the ROCKI system with the open UPnP and the ROCKI API which will be available on request.
ROCKI From every phone, To all speakers, For everyone. Free your music!
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